British tour company re-launching Zimbabwe holidays

via Bulawayo24 NEWS | British tour company re-launching Zimbabwe holidays 27 August 2014

Gane and Marshall, a long-established wildlife and adventure travel company providing tailor-made holidays to Africa, are re launching Zimbabwe holidays.

The move signals a significant change in attitudes from British tourists as they begin to embrace the new wave of interest in the country that has already spread across Asia, the Middle East and North America.

Since the late 1990s, the relations between the British tourist board and the Zimbabwean government have been strained at best. The reputation of their ageing President, Robert Mugabe, has caused many people to discount the country from their shortlist when considering a holiday to Africa. However, a recent influx in industry from tourists from around the world – including from other European nations – has caused interest to build once more.

A spokesperson for Gane & Marshall, a leading company in the field of international wildlife and adventure excursions, has released a statement following their announcement. “Nowadays, Zimbabwe is very much one of Africa’s hidden gems. With a wealth of natural beauty such as the Victoria Falls, Lake Kariba and the mythical Matopos, there is more than enough to keep even the most seasoned traveller occupied. 

“This, combined with a number of social changes that the country has enjoyed, means that Zimbabwe has rightly begun to rebuild its reputation within the international community. Investment in infrastructure is only expected to grow, and the warm nature of the local communities continues to provide lasting memories for those who visit. At Gane & Marshall we are extremely excited to re-launch our holiday packages to Zimbabwe and can’t wait to rekindle Britain’s love affair with it once more.”

Gane & Marshall is a long-established wildlife and adventure travel company providing tailor-made holidays to Africa, the Indian Ocean islands and wildlife destinations around the world. Their adventure holidays are also sold as tailor-made and small group travel itineraries. The company is ATOL licenced and financially bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority. 

COMMENTS

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    More fool them. With the big Chinese deal mining plans now signed by our brain-dead visiting China don’t bother coming to Hwange National Park — unless you want to see huge crators, heavy equipment, smog, and smell, and a bucketload of Chinese poachers and a pile of dead elephants

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      Doris 7 years ago

      Hell yes! Pot holes, corrupt cops looking for bribes, don’t even mention the borders. And the cost of living won’t be as inviting as it used to be. 95pc unemployment causing major theft and carjacking. Good luck!

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        Just watch how rich the likes of the Hwange chief becomes from very welcome bribes to support this wildlife dissemination racquet

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    I am Zimbo 7 years ago

    Erm no I think Voyages Jules Verne, Tui Travel, and the rest need to come and help showcase our beautiful and peaceful and hospitable country.

    The comments about Hwange are way off the mark, I feel RRS should visit there.

    These package tourists don’t come thru Beit Bridge, and don’t encounter ZRP, But we do every day and its not so bad. And again I feel that Doris needs to contact the Hijack Trust for an update. Yes there was a problem in 2006- 2010 but def not now.

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      Get a life. We are all not talking about right now. We are talking about what will happen after the Gwayi Chinese mines are underway. You had better ‘visit’ there yourself in another 2 years time, I have no need to just ‘visit’, we go there frequently

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        Btw, do you actually read the news? ‘Peaceful’? – a couple of axe murders of a white family and just last week another dreadful and life-threatening bashing of a young white couple in their home. Let’s not mention all of the zanupf bashings, verbal and physical, of late as well. Very ‘peaceful’ indeed. Let us not kid ourselves please.

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      Doris 7 years ago

      Chum, just read Bambazonke. I live in Harare. Where do you live?

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    don’t go to Zimbabwe , the people all look sad, plain clothes police will follow you and mugg you,the place has airborn germs everywhere,the smell is repulsive,thats before the mosquitos get you.

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    Murambwi Marufu 7 years ago

    This is good news and was long over due! Zimbabwe is a natural paradise- peaceful, no violence, very safe environment,friendly people, numerous natural attractions etc. One just needs to visit and see for themselves instead of relying on desk analysts who will never wish Zimbabwe good for reasons best known to themselves

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    Are u people that are discouraging tourists from coming here to zim really zimbabweans???……this is facinating: while British companies are removing what effectively were sanctions on our tourism sector, we now have ‘zimbabweans’ trying to sabotage it!……we certainly have a long way to go as a nation

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    Uncle 7 years ago

    We dont need you british in our country ,please do us favour ,for ever we will not welcome u back into our nation ,hungry or not hungry its our beef

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    Tabonga 7 years ago

    unbelievable! why the editors have allowed comments from people without anything constructive to say, i have no idea…

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    @all the people trying to convince tourists not to come here, i am really anxious to know what would drive you to try to do such a thing??? do you feel comfortable actually sabotaging your own economy? again, the assumption here is that you are in fact zimbabwean….if not, then perhaps you can be forgiven as your agenda does not necessarily have to align up with the aspirations of us true and proud zimbabweans……as for those of you ‘zimbabweans’ that are in the diaspora and are trying to sabotage our tourism from the outside, may i know just how much other sabotage you have taken part in over the years???….how many potential investors have you convinced to turn the other way when looking at Zim as an investment destination???….how much have you contributed to the negative perception that has plagued us for over a decade??…..we have fools like supermondo trying to convince the world that this is an “unhealthy” destination to visit, and other fools like Doris trying to convince them that this is an unsafe destination. and doris actually claims to live here………UNBELIEVEABLE!!!……….when you compare such statements to the fcat that the Jahova’s Whitness just held a succesful International Conference here, despite the threat of Ibola on the continent, and thousands of Western Attendees left here absolutely blown away by the fact that they had such a safe, healthy & peaceful stay and felt most welcome by Zim hospitality, you begin to see that perhaps we are looking in the wrong direction when trying to allocate blame to our national challenges…….sometimes we are our own worst enemies

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      Murambwi Marufu 7 years ago

      You have said it all, crystal clear- why would a Zimbabwean national try hard to sabotage their own country, only to wake up tomorrow and blame other people when the economy performs badly. it’s high time everyone of us Zimbabweans play their part, and positively so in the quest to revive our economic fortunes

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    harper 7 years ago

    Years ago I lived in Chirundu and thus can make comparisons. In June last year the elephants on the river bank between Chirundu and Mana Pools appeared to be very relaxed and undisturbed when approached. So well done to those in charge in this area.